How Sam Jomaa took a tragedy and turned it into a welcome teaching opportunity.
When a member of the Banksia Tigers Football Club had a heart attack on the field last month, his death shattered the close-knit club and community.
It also inspired RPA clinical nurse educator Sam Jomaa to reach out and help.
He decided to volunteer his time to hold an information and interactive basic life support training session for the man’s teammates and club members.
Armed with a mannequin and an Automated External Defibrillator, Sam was inundated with interest from more than 50 people, including children and canteen staff.
“At the end of the session, everyone was a lot more comfortable opening and operating the AED and knew where to put the pads on, which was great,” he says.
The club even streamed the session live on Facebook, and received positive feedback from as far afield as Detroit.
Sam has already held another session at Arncliffe and will hold more during upcoming soccer seasons.
“Even if we can just save one life as a result of these sessions, we’ve made a huge difference.”